Based on cash receipts according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. Excludes stats for "miscellaneous crops" and "all other animal products."

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Cattle and Calves

Photo by Brian McCord/Farm Flavor Media

Beef cattle were introduced into New Mexico in 1598, when Juan de Oñate brought 799 cows, steers and bulls to what was then a Mexican colony. Today, about 10,000 families across the state raise beef cattle, and New Mexico lays claim to approximately 387,000 beef cows. Cattle and Calves generated $823.8 million in cash receipts.

WHAT ARE CASH RECEIPTS? Defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, cash receipts refer to the total amount of crops or livestock sold in a calendar year.

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